Everyone who knows me knows how much I rely on my iPhone – email, pictures and how I even update this blog. Even though my waterproof life proof case is fantastic – it doesn’t float on its own. So even though, in 10 years of full time guiding, I have never lost a phone overboard – I managed to knock it off a patio table at a MHC restaurant while eating dinner. It disappeared into 12′ of murky water. Lost were two weeks of great photos and a lot of frustration. But now I have a new iPhone and everything is back up and running.

The fishing? Pretty great.

Expect an epic albacore season – oct dates are in short supply I still have plenty of great November days!

Inshore – the red fishing is holding its own with lots of little rats and I’m tracking several good schools of overslot fish. The trout fishing is outstanding – lots of keepers and even some big fish on topwaters early on the morning

Nearshore – absolutely fantastic. We have had a week of acres and acres of big 2-6lb spanish that are jumping all over flies and lures. The albacore fishing has also been outstanding – bait is everywhere and we’re looking at an outstanding fall!!

Offshore – the grouper bite is great along with some kings and amberjack. The big boats are destroying the wahoo – I don’t really do that with clients but got out with my wife on a slick day lady week.

Some pics:

Some big stuff first – we wife and I chased some wahoos last week on a slick calm day. It was wide open – 3hrs in after a botched triple header we had 2 hoos in the box (1 too many for us) and several releases we called it a day. As wahoo is best fresh we doled out out and those 2 fish fed close to 40 people for multiple meals.




Me with a 20lb Gag caught the same afternoon in 90′ of water.


My pops with one of several large specs he caught on topwater (along with a big crevalle jack).


The Rollie’s had a great trout bite catching and releasing a bunch of keeper specs! The red bite wasn’t great but we caught a half-dozen rats on topwater and had several blowups from big boys.



Paul wacked them pretty good yesterday – the shrimp were moving in force and it had to be DOAs under a cork to get them.



Chris and Nikki had a great afternoon – while the trout didn’t chew today, it was slick calm and we chased busting Albies around in my flats boat. We ended the day poling around after a very large school of over-slot reds. Fantastic!





The Oake crew had a tremendous day with the big spanish and albacore – we cast to Albies first thing and then spent the rest of the morning casting to giant schools of 3-6lb busting Spanish! Fantastic!